Major Lazer is set to perform live in South Africa!
The band is set to tour Africa in September and October, with dates in South Africa, Malawi, Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda. While in Africa, Major Lazer will also work with VETPAW (Veterans Empowered to Protect African Wildlife) to combat poaching in South Africa and beyond.
Major Lazer debut a brand new Afrobeats Mix, blending music from across the continent and lending their global platform to trendsetting African artists and their longtime inspirations and collaborators, as well as teasing new music, here.
Additionally a new song, “All My Life,” featuring Nigerian vocalist Burna Boy today. The song comes alongside a Lagos, Nigeria-shot video directed by South African filmmaker Adriaan Louw—listen and watch here. “All My Life” is the first of a handful of collaborations with African artists coming this fall.
Over the past few years we’ve had the chance to tour extensively and work with artists across Africa
These music scenes continue to inspire the music we make and sets we play. We wanted to bridge our music as Major Lazer with all these new sounds and genres coming out of Africa. From Babes Wodumo the Queen of Gqom to our brother Mr. Eazi, who is taking over the globe with each release, to new voices Kizz Daniel and legends like Burna Boy, two of our favorite songwriters coming out of Nigeria. These artists along with Raye, Taranchyla and Kranium make up the new music we’ll be releasing over the next month to coincide with our tour in Africa at the end of September. Major Lazer has been fairly quiet in 2018 on the touring and music front, but this is the beginning of what will come next for us. I’m excited to share these four songs with you and the videos that our director made are some of the best we have ever put out
“All My Life” follows collaborations with Cashmere Cat, Tory Lanez and Rudimental and 2017’s critically acclaimed Know No Better EP.
MAJOR LAZER LIVE
September 29 Johannesburg, South Africa H2O – Wild Waters Complex
September 30 Leopards Bay, Malawi Lake of Stars Festival
October 5 Lagos, Nigeria Summer Stance
October 6 Nairobi, Kenya Tuborg Open & Kenya Nights
October 7 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Bira Biro
October 8 Kampala, Uganda 5th Street Industrial Arena
AKA Chats Platinum Plaques & Redefining What Accolades Mean To Him
We recently caught up with the Supa Mega, AKA who celebrated a huge milestone last week. The multi talented rapper and businessman hosted an intimate gathering to receive his several plaques for the outstanding work he did on his album, Touch My Blood.
Supa Mega has been on a winning streak
Supa Mega has been on a winning streak since 2016 with him releasing his joint project with Anatii which included several music videos. He had also been on his Supa Mega Tour and when that ended came the Touch My blood tour. This saw the rapper hard at work so it’s understandable that he is a little burnt out.
“I’m tired. Not physically tired, I’m just more emotionally tired, spiritually tired, mentally tired but it’s okay because we did what we came to do. I poured my heart and soul into the album and people really could feel that”, he expresses. And the results have paid off because the accolades and the recognition he has received since this album was released has been the most he has received since he began his career.
On how he is redefining what accolades mean to him
He shared some insights on how he has remained relevant for as long as he had. He touched on authenticity as one of the key things that artists have to uphold to stay winning.
“Just make what you need to make and put it out there. People recognize and appreciate authenticity. Just be authentic, be original and be sincere and heartfelt,” he says.
It’s been a while since AKA has submitted for any awards and he mentioned that he is considered it since he has the number one selling album in the country. But he questioned the motive to get involved in the awards when he has already won the hearts of many South Africans. The platinum plaque is proof of that.
“Isn’t the award to be the highest played artist? Isn’t the award to be the most booked artist? Isn’t the award to have people f*ck with your music?”.
These are very important questions and no doubt something that artists on the come up can question about the product they put out. Well done Supa Mega.
Peep the rest of the interview!